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A bank of videos, online courses, and educational resources for educators to earn continuing education credits and find tools to use in the classroom

Overview

AnnenbergLearner houses dozens of freely available videos, courses, and educationalresources. The educational arm of the Annenberg Foundation partner withColorado State University to provide tuition-based graduate credit and/orcontinuing education credits for teachers. There are over 110 coursesavailable, with content spanning all the major disciplines at all the grade levels.

  • Primary Use: Learn
  • Primary Users: Teachers
  • Cost: All content can be used for free. Credit can be earned for taking some courses: Two credit courses are $196 and three credit courses are $294. Both have an additional $20 tech fee for taking the course online. Tuition for Continued Education Unit courses is currently $50 per CEU or $75 for 1.5 units, $125 for 2.5 units and $150 for 3 units.
  • Skill Development: Content Knowledge, Pedagogy
  • On-Brand Use: Teachers can purchase online courses for graduate or CEU credit, or access a variety of materials including courses, webinars, and lesson plans for free.
  • Platforms: The content is web-based and is not optimized for mobile or tablets
  • Deal breakers: Most of the content is not updated regularly and therefore is a little outdated.
  • Types of Schools Using It: Mostly accessed by individual teachers, but schools can purchase DVDs of any of their videos or courses

Product Brief

Value Added:

AnnenbergLearner provides free resources to teachers. There are dozens of free lessonplans, videos, and courses, all addressing specific content knowledge. Theresources on the site are all designed to be practical and useful in theclassroom. The partnership between Annenberg Learner and Colorado StateUniversity allows teachers to get graduate credits or Continued EducationUnit’s for participating in a course.

How does it work?

AnnenbergLearner provides content and resources for teachers’ professional development.The content is related to specific subject material and classroom instruction.The majority of the courses and videos teach specific content like artsintegration, economics, or geography.  A smallnumber are more methodological courses, such as “Looking at Learning” or“Principles for Principals.”  

Online Courses

Teacherscan access Annenberg Learner’s 110 courses through online course catalog. Eachcourse has a page that shows a timeline, outline, standards being met, courseunits or workshops, and interactive materials. Units or workshops can consistof videos, text, facilitator guides, and opportunities for additional learning.All materials can be accessed for free, but graduate credits and CEU’s are onlyavailable for a fee.

Mostcourses are meant to be taken individually and self-guided, or with a group ofteachers and a facilitator in a school or district. However, some of thecourses are interactive and guided by an instructor. Those workshops must beaccessed at specific times and tend to have additional costs. All credit-basedcourses require participants to submit some coursework throughout the 30-45hours of course time.


Supplemental Resources

Thereare dozens of videos on the Annenberg Learner’s video series that provideinstruction on specific content. These can be used in the classroom or assupplemental PD. For example, a video series about American Cinema contains 10one-hour and 3 half-hour video programs, and additional coordinated books.These can be purchased and used in the classroom with students, or watchedonline to educate teachers on a specific subject like cinema.


149Lesson plans are available for subjects including:

  • Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Literature & Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies and History

Mostof these subjects have K-University level lesson plans available that arealigned with an Annenberg Learning Video. For example, the “Creating aMulti-Arts Performance Piece” lesson plan provides a 60-minutevideo with suggested activities for both before and after the video.Additionally, the lesson plan provides opportunities for further discussion,homework, ongoing activities, and extended workshops.

Morerecently, the online resources include short videos of studentsengaging in Common Core lesson. Videos are one to five minutes long. Theyaim to give teachers good examples of how to engage students in lessons alignedto Common Core.  Videos are linked to specificCommon Core standards. For Math, they have over 20 videos demonstrating howstudents do things like ‘Modeling’, ‘Problem Solving’, ‘Reasoning’, and‘Attending to Precision.’ For ELA, they have 20 videos of writers doing indepth analysis of different pieces of literature.  For Science, they have over 46 videos oflessons demonstrating different Science content standards.

How is it used?

Teacherscan use the content on the Annenberg Learner site in a variety of ways. Thecourses can be taken for free or for graduate/PD credit, and the free resourcescan be accessed as supplemental PD or a lesson plan for the classroom. Ateacher can browse the site for materials without logging in.  .Teachers can also browse the list of courses, view each course individually,and purchase a course for credit on the site.

Thecourses range in time commitment depending on whether they are 2 or 3 credits.Each graduate level credit is equal to 15 hours of class time with additionalhomework time. Participants are required to complete the course within 6months, but can finish any time before that point.

Theother materials that Annenberg offers for free, including lesson plans andvideo series, are designed specifically for use in the classroom. Teachers candownload all materials necessary to teach the course including outlined plans,worksheets, additional readings, and relevant videos. Teachers can use these tolearn how to teach the specific content in their classroom, or can havestudents watch the videos and use the plans to teach the content in the videos.

Who’s Using It?:

AnnenbergLearner is mainly used as a resource for individual teachers, although schoolscan purchase materials to be used in the classroom.

Content, Content, Content….

Althoughthe site funds the development of these materials, they are not created “inhouse.” Annenberg Learner employees identify needs in professional developthrough interviews with education professionals and reading relevant research,and put out request for proposals to create courses for their site.

Forexample, Annenberg Learner would reach out specifically to WGBH in Boston tosubmit a proposal for a course on teaching reading. Once a proposal isapproved, WGBH would design the curriculum, look for teachers across thecountry that could demonstrate best practices, and produce the course.Annenberg funds the project and oversees the development.

Thereare currently 110 courses available. New ones are developed infrequently (aboutone a year). These courses span all grade levels and are categorized into thefollowing subjects:

  • Arts
  • Education Theory and Issues
  • History and Social Studies
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Somecourses are aligned with State Standards or Common Core, and provide thatinformation on the course page. Each course consists of videos, readings, and avariety of coursework including quizzes, handouts, or final projects that must   besubmitted by the end of the 6 months.

Landmines

Manyof the courses, videos, and lesson plans have not been updated in a few years.Some materials, including videos from the classroom, can seem slightlyoutdated.

Tech/Price/Credit

Tech

AnnenbergLearner courses and content are available on their website, which is notoptimized for mobile viewing. Therefore, it is best when viewed on a desktop orlaptop.

Cost

Allcontent can be accessed for free. Two credits courses are $196 and three creditcourses are $294. Both have an additional $20 tech fee for taking the courseonline. Tuition for CEU courses is currently $50 per CEU or $75 for 1.5 units,$125 for 2.5 units and $150 for 3 units.

Credit

Teacherscan purchase courses from the Annenberg Learner site to receive graduatecredits (2 or 3) and/or continuing education units.

Competition:

AnnenbergLearner provides all of their content and resources for free for teachers,which makes it unique. However, courses are limited and some are dated, whichgive competitors like SimpleK12, PBS Teacherline, and ASCD,who also provide for credit courses, an advantage.

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Pedagogies Pedagogies

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